Archived ebulletin February 2005

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This bulletin contains information on the following:

  1. The future of phonetics
  2. New technologies for teaching linguistics
  3. Using webCT to support language learning - subject centre workshops to go scheme
  4. Bridging the gap: the teaching of foreign literatures and cultures
  5. Establishing, managing and supporting a self-access centre - subject centre guest
  6. Teaching globalisation: developing interdisciplinary pedagogies for a changing world - call for papers - deadline approaching
  7. Student essay competition
  8. Employability
  9. Papers from the event: the place of languages in the curriculum
  10. Papers from the navigating the new landscape for languages conference
  11. Good practice guide: turning students into researchers: introduction to research methods in applied linguistics
  12. Relating linguistic theory to TESOL practice in a distance ma programme
  13. 5th portsmouth translation conference
  14. Eurocall and UCALL conferences- call for papers: deadline extended
  15. Humble humanities hub - freelance cataloguers
  16. Exhibiting at the London languages show
  17. Careers guide, working in languages
  18. National disability team report
  19. Translang project - materials available

Subject Centre Events

1. The future of phonetics

25 February 2005, CILT, London
A one-day workshop exploring the issues and problems we face in training the phoneticians of the future. How can we continue to maintain standards and traditions against a shrinking resource base (funding, staffing and time)? How can we attract people into a subject which is perceived as difficult and even to be avoided by many younger students? This workshop will explore these issues, offer suggestions and, most importantly, listen to your experiences and ideas. If you would like to register for this event please fill in the Subject Centre's online registration form.

2. New technologies for teaching linguistics

17 February 2005, CILT, London
'Tips and tricks for teaching linguistics with technology' A free event for tutors in Higher Education. This event will present examples of some of the ways in which new technologies can enhance the teaching of linguistics. There are still some places left. To apply please visit the CILT events page (

3. Using webCT to support language learning - Subject Centre workshops to go scheme

18 February 2005, Univeristy of Coventry
This workshop will illustrate how WebCT Campus Edition 4 can be used in a blended learning context to support language learning. For further information email Marina Orsini-Jones:

4. Bridging the gap: the teaching of foreign literatures and cultures

Friday, 11 March 2005, University of St Andrews
This seminar will bring together teachers of literature and film from a variety of insititutions and backgrounds to explore ways in which new and improved teaching methods might be developed for the teaching of foreign literatures and cultures. Keynote speaker: Professor Susan Basnett, University of Warwick.
For full details of the programme and how to register, go to the Subject Centre events page.

5. Establishing, managing and supporting a self-access centre

Speaker fund award, Monday 14 March 2005 - 13.00-15.00, University of Coventry
This lecture will be given by Marina Mozzon-McPherson. For further details and to register please contact: Marina Orsini-Jones. Email: Subject Centre events page.

6. Teaching globalisation: Devloping interdisciplinary pedagogies for a changing world - Call for papers - Deadline approaching

18 April 2005, CILT, London
This conference aims to address pedagogic issues surrounding the study of global and local issues. How are these issues addressed in different disciplines? How can practitioners draw on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives to enhance student understandings of globalisation? For more details of themes and how to submit a paper go to the events page. Deadline for submission: 11 February 2005

Subject Centre Awards

7. Student essay competition

The closing date for this competition is Friday 18 February 2005. For more details please look at Subject Centre news page.

Subject Centre projects

8. Employability

We are pleased to announce that the Subject Centre has received 19,000 from the Higher Education Academy for a new project 'Investigating Longer-Term Employability in the Humanities'. We will be working with the Subject Centres for History, Classics and Archeology and the English Subject Centre.

Subject Centre website update

9. Papers from the event: The place of Languages in the curriculum


10. Papers from the Navigating the new landscape for languages conference


11. Good Practice Guide: Turning students into researchers: Introduction to research methods in Applied Linguistics

Author: Marjorie Lorch


12. Relating linguistic theory to TESOL practice in a distance MA programme

Author: Pamela Rogerson-Revell


Other conferences and events

13. 5th Portsmouth translation conference

Saturday, 12 November 2005, University of Portsmouth
Translation and creativity: How creative is the translator or interpreter?
The call for papers for this conference is now out. Please send your abstracts by 31 May 2005 to For further details please consult the conference website (

14. EUROCALL and UCALL conferences - Call for Papers deadline extended

13-15 June 2005 (Incorporating UK regional workshop), University of Ulster at Coleraine
The deadline for submission of papers on CALL pedagogies has been extended to 8 February 2005. For further information please visit the conference website (

Job opportunities

15. Humbul Humanities Hub - Freelance cataloguers

The Humbul Humanities Hub is seeking postgraduate research students, librarians, lecturers and practitioners in the Humanities to undertake freelance selection, description and cataloguing of key online resources for a period of 6 months (initially). Applications are invited for two different roles. Further details about both roles and how to apply can be found at the Humbul Humanities Hub website. (


16. Exhibiting at the London language show

Following discussions between the Subject Centre and the organisers of the London Language Show two propositions for the 2005 Show have emerged.
Proposal 1. A number of university language departments would have stands at the Show forming a cluster, described by the Show's organisers as a "university village". This innovation would be highlighted in the publicity mailshot sent by the organisers to all MFL departments in secondary schools, hopefully encouraging teachers to bring their pupils to the Show. A workshop on Languages in Higher Education could be held at the Show by the Subject Centre. Cost for each participating department to have a stand for 3 days (Fri 4 - Sun 6 Nov) would be 500.
Proposal 2. One larger HE stand would be provided at the Show. Departments could contribute approx. 200 to have their prospectuses displayed and volunteers from the departments who could give advice to students about languages in HE would be sought to staff the stand. The Subject Centre is happy to coordinate this venture but needs to know, before proceeding, whether any departments are seriously interested in participating in on e of the above schemes. Please email your comments to Liz Ashurst ( / 023 8059 5407) by Monday 14 February or ring/email her if you wish to discuss it further.

17. Careers guide, workshop in languages

The Subject Centre has received a message from Connexions, who are writing a national careers guide, Working in Languages. They would like to feature a member of staff teaching languages in Higher Education. Connexions would ask them a few questions about their job over the telephone and arrange for a photograph to be taken. You would have the chance to check copy before it goes into print. Ideally, Connexions are looking for someone who uses languages in their work, is in the early stages of their career and has been educated in the UK. If you are prepared to help in this way, please email the Subject Centre at

18. National disability team report

The National Disability Team has published a new report entitled: "Reviewing provision and building capacity for disabled students: a summary of tools and audit processes". To access this new report please visit the National Disability Team Report (

19. Translang project - Materials available

The Subject Centre has received a number of complete sets of documentation and resources for the TransLang Project (Transferable Skills Development for Non-specialist Languages 1997-2000). This document includes tutor guides and materials. If you would like to receive a free copy of these, please email the Subject Centre:

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Jane Copeland
Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies
Modern Languages
School of Humanities
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ

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